Russian fighter jet crashes into Sea of Azov near Russian coast

A Russian Su-25 fighter-bomber crashed into the Sea of Azov on Monday.

 Sukhoi Su-25 (photo credit: WIKIPEDIA)
Sukhoi Su-25
(photo credit: WIKIPEDIA)

A Russian Su-25 fighter-bomber aircraft crashed into the Sea of Azov near the town of Yeysk on Monday, local officials said in a statement on social media.

Yeysk lies on the northeastern arm of the Sea of Azov, about 45 km (30 miles) from the Russian-controlled part of Ukraine's Donetsk region on the opposite shore.

An unverified video posted on Telegram by Baza, a channel with links to Russia's security services, showed a fighter jet flying low over the sea near the shore, then plunging into the water a split-second after the pilot ejected, as a white parachute drifted down.

Another unverified video showed the parachute, and a large splash that presumably marked the crash site, seen from a nearby beach full of vacationers.

 Russian Air Force Sukhoi Su-25 (credit: WIKIPEDIA)
Russian Air Force Sukhoi Su-25 (credit: WIKIPEDIA)

Pilot's fate unclear

The officials from Russia's Krasnodar region said the pilot had been retrieved from the sea, but the state news agency TASS later said he had died.

Last October, a more advanced Su-34 fighter-bomber crashed into a residential building in Yeysk, killing 14 people.